Spring 2015 California Labor-Management Initiative Symposium


The 2015 CA LMI Symposium took place on May 8th and 9th, 2015 at the Handlery Hotel in San Diego, CA. The symposium was attended by 47 district teams, each consisting of the District Superintendent, a School Board member, the Teachers Union or Association President, and the Classified Employees Union or Association President. A summary report of the symposium is available, including descriptions of the various sessions and a list of the attending district teams and other individuals.

A map of participating districts and county offices of education is available here.

The Symposium website, including the agenda, participant list, session information and documents (presentation slides, articles, etc.), can still be accessed at http://cdefoundation.org/lmi/symp.

Participant Feedback

At the conclusion of the symposium, all participants were asked to complete an online evaluation survey. Survey results were overall very positive. On a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree), more than 90% of respondents indicated 4 or 5 for both of the following statements: “Overall, the conference was useful and informative,” and “I would recommend future CA LMI events to my colleagues.” Survey results also showed significant interest in continued CA LMI activities, with regional convenings and a California District Capacity Project generating the greatest levels of interest.

In addition to multiple choice questions, the feedback survey provided opportunities for respondents to submit written feedback:


Presentation slides are available in the YouTube video descriptions, and on the Symposium website (http://cdefoundation.org/lmi/symp/).
You can view the videos from CDEF’s YouTube page at this link.



Friday, May 8, 2015: 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Saturday, May 9, 2015: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Handlery Hotel San Diego
950 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: 619-298-0511

Why Do This Symposium?

Why Do This Symposium?

  • There is growing interest in California in Labor-Management Collaboration as evidenced by increased numbers of union-school district partners in California either involved in, or expressing interest in, collaboration.
  • Groundbreaking shifts in key elements of California’s public education systems including the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)/Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAPs), which provide local school districts unprecedented flexibility in how they allocate resources; implementation of new California State Content Standards, and the development of next generation accountability systems create circumstances that make labor-management collaboration even more timely for California.

Goals of the Symposium

Goals of the Symposium

  • Facilitate networking among district teams to foster inter-district learning.
  • Highlight specific best practices, tools, and strategies used by district partners to build collaboration.
  • Support collaborative planning for district teams.
  • Provide a showcase for collaborative efforts.

What Will Occur at the Symposium

What Will Occur at the Symposium

To maximize the impact of the symposium, participating districts are asked to attend and collaborate as district teams: the superintendent, the teachers’ union or association president, the classified employees union president, and a school board member must agree to attend the event together. The “Statements of Interest” districts will fill out to attend the symposium will ask district teams to note their existing experience with labor-management collaboration and to explain why they are interested in participating in the symposium.

Planned conference sessions include:

  • A California Labor-Management Initiative (CA-LMI) panel featuring State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and leaders from key CA-LMI partners including ACSA, CFT, CSBA, CSEA and CTA.
  • A “What is Possible” panel featuring stories of successful California district-level collaboration.
  • A variety of interactive breakout sessions designed to provide access to tools and resources from national and California innovators, researchers, and experienced practitioners.
  • District team reflection sessions where district teams can meet to reflect on their findings, develop an action plan, and receive support from experts and experienced districts.
  • Role alike sessions for participants to have candid, facilitated discussions with participants in similar positions in other districts about what it takes to successfully collaborate and how state co-sponsors can help.

…and much more!